Career & Professional Development

Helping Gonzaga University Students and Alumni Clarify and Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals

Month: March 2009

Tweet for a Job….

Welcome to TweetMyJobs!

What is TweetMyJobs? It’s a new service that brings recruiters, hiring managers and job seekers together onTwitter. We’ve set up Twitter Channels for major cities and job types, and an easy-to-use interface to subscribe to those channels. You will get instant notification of any new jobs as a text message on your cell phone. We also showcase US Stimulus Jobs!

Go to http://www.tweetmyjobs.com to create a profile.

Are you a Mover and a Shaker?

Career Center Representative’s (CCR’s) are comprised of student from various majors and schools with a range of career goals. The CCR’s work on projects ranging from internships, marketing, partnerships between various clubs and organizations on campus as well as being available to assist with Drop in Appointments with students. We encourage the CCR’s to develop the program to fit goals of personal career development. It is a win-win for everyone.

The time commitment is as follows: Career Center Representatives are required to commit to two office hours in the Career Center, every week between 8am and 4:30pm, attend two meetings per month and attend one Career Center event per month.

To request an application, e-mail Belinda at bobko@gonzaga.edu. We look forward to hear from you.  The deadline for the application is tomorrow, April 1st.

C-SPAN is Coming to Gonzaga

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The C-SPAN Civics Bus is coming to campus on Wednesday, April 1st.  It will be parked out in front of  Crosby.

About the C-SPAN Internship Program:

You must be currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree to be considered for an internship. First priority is given to rising juniors and seniors. This is an unpaid internship.

C-SPAN interns arrive from colleges and universities worldwide with majors ranging from political science and communications to marketing and American studies. Intern classes are small, between 1 to 4 students per department, providing an opportunity for a hands-on, real-life experience. Interns also have an opportunity to interact with interns from other departments at events and discussions, including a Q&A with CEO and founder Brian Lamb.

Why intern at C-SPAN?
The C-SPAN Internship Program seeks to utilize the talents and education of students like you who are interested in communications and politics. During your internship you will become familiar with the workings of a cable television network and you’ll get a front row seat to the political process.

What will I do?

You will assist in research, writing and/or production for a specific unit or department, detailed below. This may include learning aspects of print and video production, technical, promotional and public relations techniques or program production.

Depending on your interests you can:

-make Hill runs to research and collect information
-learn camera and audio techniques, and the technical and logistical requirements for field production
-assist in public relations and marketing
-help develop a daily schedule and coordinate elements for on-air production
-learn about business and sales trends in the cable industry
-take part in our community outreach programs and the C- SPAN Buses
-get involved in the development of online technology.

Why is an internship at C-SPAN for you? You can:
-gain media experience through a structured program in the nation’s capital
-explore facets of the cable industry and politics
-learn new skills in production, public relations, marketing and more
-earn college credit
-get a close-up view of Capitol Hill.

How to Apply? Are you…
-an undergraduate junior or senior?
-interning for college credit?
-interested in the media and politics?
-able to work a minimum of 16 hours per week?

If you answered yes to the above criteria, submit a resume and cover letter below. State which department(s) interests you and specify spring, summer or fall semester. Because cover letters and resumes are processed as received, please plan ahead and submit your materials at the earliest possible date. C-SPAN’s internships are non-paid and you must provide your own housing.

To know more on the specifics of the various departments, check out:

http://www.c-span.org/About/Employment.aspx, before you stop by the C-SPAN mobile unit on Wednesday.

Social Media to Help Job Hunters

The job hunt is getting more and more creative as jobs become more competitive.  And although we all know that networking is important for job hunters, a new element is being added to job hunting: social media.  Through networks of Facebook, Linkedin and Plaxo job hunters can surf their way to a new job opening or professional resource that can lead to a whole new network.  

Plaxo just launched a job resource which emcompasses vast amounts of resources.  I would recommend for everyone to add it to their favorites, and check it constantly.  http://jobs.plaxo.com/a/all-jobs/list

Happy hunting.

~Belinda

How Do You Know How to Work A Room?

The time has come for many of our Zag seniors to break out of the safe and cozy campus of Gonzaga in order to begin networking with fellow Zags to find the most coveted of all things: a real job.  What a great concept, right?

 

Three Keys to Easy, Breezy Networking:

1.       Prepare Your Introduction of Yourself:

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    1. Your introduction may be called an elevator greeting or a quick pitch, but the first words out of your mouth should be your name, what you do and why you’re there.
    2. In order for your intro to be effortless and easy, you have to practice…and then practice some more.
    3. Here are three examples:
    • “Hi, my name is Catherine Lee. I’m glad to have this chance to meet you and learn how a psychology major can break into the pharmaceutical industry.” [Employer Information Session]
    •  Good morning, I’m Bryan Sampson, a former summer intern at your Los Angeles branch.” [Career Fair]
    •  “Hello, my name is Jessica Garcia. I’m a junior rhetoric major looking to find out what it’s like working in public relations and marketing.” [Communications Career Night]

2.       Have a conversation starter that is comfortable to you. Read the newspaper or surf the web for current events that may be interesting to have a conversation about.  Note: Steer clear from topics that may be controversial (ie: politics or religion)

3.       Send a Genuine & Timely Thank-you note.

  • a.       Make sure to collect those business cards for specifically this purpose: MAILING ADDRESSES!
  • b.       You may consider that an e-mail will suffice, but you will get lost in the shuffle of an inbox.   A personal note or card however will get you to stand out and be remembered.

Things to Bring:

1.       A pen (after you meet someone new, write details about them on the back of their business cards)

2.       Business Cards (with current & permanent addresses):  Go to Office Depot, Kinkos or just Google “business cards” for on-line design firms.  For example: www.vistaprint.com offers 250 cards for $3.99!

3.       Positive Attitude

 

A upcoming event that will allow current students to practice their networking skills is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge Event coming up on April 8th at the Red Lion at the River beginning at 7 pm.  For more information, students can e-mail gamp@gonzaga.edu.

Get out there and happy networking!

How to Be Hired by the Best….

I came across this article on CNN.com and I thought it had some fantastic tips for job-hunters when trying to get your foot in the door at a top company.  There are some basic tips but the biggest and probably most important is: DO NOT GIVE UP! Job hunting could potentially take quite a bit out of you (and your ego) be prepared for the long haul.

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How to get hired by a ‘Best’ company
Even during economic downturns, Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For are constantly scouting for talent. Here’s how to get your foot in the door.
By Anne Fisher, senior writer

Fortune Magazine) — It helps to know someone. Almost all of the 100 Best rely heavily on employee referrals. Principal Financial Group and many others get about 40% of their new hires this way. At Wegmans it’s a family thing: About one in five employees is related to at least one other staffer.
Play up volunteer work on your résumé. These companies are enthusiastic about community outreach, and they prefer to hire people who are too.

Get ready to interview and interview… and interview. The process varies wildly from one company to another, but you could be facing a series of 12 to 15 one-on-one chats or one long interview with a panel of up to 50 current employees.

Unleash your inner storyteller. By far the most popular interview style is what’s known as behavioral, meaning that you will be asked to describe troublesome situations in past jobs and tell exactly how you handled them.

Do creative research. A proven way to stand out from the hordes of other candidates is to know more about the place and the industry than your rivals. A Google search won’t do it. Says Jay Jones, recruiting manager at Alcon Laboratories: “Detailed research, including talking to our customers, is so rare it will almost guarantee you get hired.”

No lone rangers need apply. By and large, the 100 Best want team players. “I actually count the number of times a candidate says ‘I’ in an interview,” says Adobe’s recruiting director Jeff Vijungco. “We’d much rather hear ‘we.'”

If you’ve moved around a lot, be ready to explain why. A checkered past won’t disqualify you, but most of these companies are looking for people who want to build a career over the long haul. Be persuasive about why you’re ready to settle down here.

Be open to learning new things. Showing passion is a must, and most of the 100 Best pride themselves on creating “learning environments,” so talk about the skills you’d like to acquire or polish. A turnoff: declaring that you’re already the best at what you do.

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up. Almost every Best Company keeps track of what FedEx calls “silver medalists” – people who barely missed getting hired – and alerts them to new openings. If possible, register on the company’s website. Four Seasons, for one, has hired people seven or eight years after an initial meeting.

Don’t coast on their reputation. One final tip: Don’t apply for a job just because the company is on our list. In the words of Mike Gallagher, HR director at SAS Institute, “We know we have a reputation as a great place to work. But if the reason you want to work here is that you want subsidized day care or a great gym, you won’t last.” Or, for that matter, make it through the first round of interviews.

Job Growth in Washington State

Take a peak at this article listed on Forbes and you will find two cities in Washington listed with positive job growth.  The first is Yakima with 21% growth predicted for 2009 and the second is Kennewick with 19% predicted growth.

Eye-opening…

http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/09/cities-jobs-spring-leadership-careers-best_slide.html?partner=email